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Lots of good local info below, including Crime Prevention and Flood Planning, and a new grants initiative for people in need.

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

Message from South Norfolk and Broadland Councils –
Dear All
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Royal website will have an ebook of condolence set up, which can be found at www.royal.uk.
We will not be encouraging residents to visit the Council’s offices to sign our book of condolence, but will instead be asking them to email condolence@s-norfolk.gov.uk, so please feel free to publish this email address to your residents.  All messages will be archived following the period of mourning.
Kind regards, Tracy

Tracy Brady
Civic Officer
t  01508535321 e tbrady@s-norfolk.gov.uk  

Roadworks on Mill Lane at Shotesham Ford likely to be here till 16th April 😱

Some very important local info so headline billing….click on the links below
Healthwatch Norfolk Cancer Project 
Covid Update 25/03/21
NALC Campaigns – Reduce Single Use Waste Campaign  & Be Prepared For Flooding 

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

COVID 19 restrictions – are relaxing as we speak, but we will continue to leave all relevant info here for anyone who wishes to continue to use for the meantime. Norfolk Association of local Councils have provided info on help for people who are self isolating, details here and the latest Government guidance is available here

Shotesham Parish Council with PCC and SVA – Contacts for assistance if required remain:-

Bob Harris.         550672.   hill.cottage@btinternet.com
Jeff Gough.        550358.   clerk.shotesham@outlook.com
Heather Jackson 550785.   heatherbelljackson@btinternet.com
Ken Munro         550736.   resotan@aol.com

Services available in or around the village.. some suppliers available for anyone not wishing to visit shops, click this link 
Petty Theft – message from a neighbour – ‘I can’t believe I am actually writing this, but someone has taken my mini greenhouse from my back garden! It’s of little value, only about 5 ft tall, a metal frame covered with transparent plastic with zip closure. It had a couple of bricks on the bottom rack to stop it from blowing away in the wind. It’s laughable really! They left the shelves, it’s not much use without them. I just thought people in the village should be aware and lock up your valuables.’

The DIARY – Click here

Easter Treasure Hunt – A message from the SVA –
‘We hope some of you managed to get out in the sunshine (and occasional wind💨 and snow❄️ and take part in the Easter Trail this weekend. Thanks to all this who decorated the Easter eggs, and for those who missed it, photo below’

Willow Weaving – Christine Burton is delighted to announce that, once again, she will be running her spring Willow weaving workshop, with new ideas and old favourites for your garden. This is going to be held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of April from 10-4, inside and outside the Potting Shed at Hillside, The Common. Get in touch with Christine to let her know which day you are going to be there either by phoning 07740842460 or email xylemandphloem@gmail.com. Tea and coffee will be available or bring your own. Cost £5 to cover materials.

And, for later in the year – Other things being looked at are, our standard Tour de Shotesham (although this will be a little later in the year so watch this space!), a possible village gathering in lieu of the Village Fete in August (for Shotesham residents only unfortunately), the Shotesham Duck Race (depends on water flow in the Beck, and again later than normal), and maybe even the much appreciated Barn Dance in September. All of these will, of course, depend on the progress of Unlockdown, so keep an eye on the website – www.shotesham.com and our email system, which if you haven’t already got your email address on the list, we’d be more than pleased to add it. Contact Ken at resotan@aol.com or Emma at emmahandbury@hotmail.com

SVA donations, many thanks to everyone who has given a donation for membership of the Shotesham Village Association to date. Obviously we would like to have everyone in Shotesham as members, and don’t forget that for only £3 per adult, you can continue to get all the SVA service you know and love! You can make your contribution by bank transfer to account name Shotesham Village Association – A/C no. 23782145, sort code 60-15-31. Please use your surname & SVA (e.g. Munro SVA) as a reference. 

Or return the completed form (click here) to – Raz Woollacott, 5 the Grove, The Street, Shotesham All Saints. NR15 1XJ, or Ken Munro, Flint Cottage, The Common, Shotesham All Saints. NR15 1YD with cash subscription or a cheque payable to Shotesham Village Association.

Walking in Shotesham – well, having studied the ‘roadmap’, Judie would like to restart the Village Walks on Sunday 11th April, plan as always, is to meet at Trinity at 10.15 and decide where to walk. Probably a local walk and the same for the first few, but be nice to see everyone and hopefully we can venture further afield soon. 
And, of course, our very own Simon and Jo are operating a Coffee Van at High Ash Farm, so we can get a ‘fix’ there until The Globe opens on the 12th!  

In the meantime, here’s a reprise of our 2020’s walks, courtesy of Judie……
Winter Sunshine and new life (and walking) coming…

Photos by Judie

…and winter wildlife, courtesy of Tom Higgin

Wildlife Blog – you may be interested in visiting this blog by Shotesham resident Andy Musgrove….some fascinating creepy crawly things! http://andymuspsl.blogspot.com/

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Community information….

Poringland Local Plan click here for update 

Western Link Road, latest project update 25th Feb –  info here.

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

Rural Services NorfolkFebruary bulletin

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Local Police info – latest Covid update 28th Mar – Covid Update  & Crime Prevention Bulletin 

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner –March Newsletter

Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)